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Elite tombs (from Badarian to the First Dynasty)
(4400 - 3000 BC)
especially in periods without writing the social position of persons is visible through differences in burials

Tomb are different in size, position, construction and contents of finds
bigger, richer, better placed tombs might be a sign for the higher importance of the tomb owner

The following tombs are identifiable as elite tombs either by size or because of special finds
(click on the images to see elite tombs)


poorer tombs might indicate a poorer person

see the statistics on tomb size in Tarkhan

compare the tomb sizes in Early Dynastic Egypt



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